On 2nd December, a post on the Lawfare blog on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2020 and a Trump administration proposal to loosen export controls on firearms.  Already a huge exporter of firearms and ammunition, the proposal would transfer control over the export of firearms and related technology from the State Department to the Commerce Department.  The differences between the current and proposed regimes, the post says, could have significant implications for the global trade in small arms, particularly in conflicts across Latin America and the Middle East; although the post also says that the current system is itself “porous” in practice.  Under the proposal, only fully automatic firearms, shotguns, and their ammunition and related technology would remain under State Department control.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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